Included in the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo is a request for annulment of the results of elections in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan. It is more than just coincidence that the Comelec Voters’ data is first reported hacked. Then now, the specific Lanao Del Sur computer that contains election sensitive data is stolen. Worst, it is treated as a regular robbery case because the computer is new.
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[VIDEO]: The Commission on Elections reports on the break-in last January at its field office in Wao, Lanao del Sur, where a computer was stolen. The National Privacy Commission investigates the incident.
Wao Comelec Office in Lanao Robbery
Comelec confirms that a copy of the national voters’ list is on a computer that is stolen in January at its office in Wao, Lanao del Sur. Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr said the National List of Registered Voters or NLRV contains the demographics data of around 76 million active and deactivated voters as of the October 2016 update. Their biometrics data, however, are not stored there.
Wao Biometrics Data Highly Disputed by Bongbong Marcos
It does not justify that only the biometrics data of voters in Wao are on the stolen computer because it is highly disputed by Bongbong Marcos. Wao has 58,364 registered voters, where 40,991 are for the barangay elections and 17,373 are for the Sangguniang Kabataan or SK elections. 35,491 are for barangay voter records and 17,336 SK voter records are active.
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2nd Breach in Less than a Year
This incident is the 2nd breach that involves the Comelec voter registration database in a period of less than a year, said NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro. In March 2016, hackers leak voter records stored in the Comelec website. In December 2016, the NPC finds Comelec chairman, Andres Bautista “criminally liable” for the massive breach known as “Comeleak.”
Tolentino, who serves as the Comelec’s data protection officer at the same time, said the robbery at the Comelec-Wao office takes place at around midnight of January 11. The police report narrates that an unidentified suspect or suspects “gained entry through the improvised window at Comelec office at the back portion.” They steal only the new computer that’s why they assume it as an ordinary incident,” Tolentino added. The NPC is notified of the incident only January 28 – 17 days later.